may be available for your next special event!
career of Wayne Shorter spans more than thirty-five years, having
crossed paths with many of history's indisputable giants of music.
Shorter went to Arts High School in Newark, New
Jersey, and later graduated from New York University. He served in the
US Army from 1956 to 1958; after which, he joined bands led by Horace
Silver and Maynard Ferguson. Next, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz
Messengers. His five years as one of Blakey's Messengers clearly
established him as a newcomer to watch because of winning the number one
"New Star Saxophonist" Downbeat poll for 1962. He came in
second place for best composer, while
Duke Ellington came in first.
began recording solo LPs in the early sixties, eventually cutting nine
classic albums for Blue Note. In 1964 Miles Davis invited Wayne
Shorter to go on the road with his band, which included
Hancock and Tony Williams. He stayed with Davis for six years, recording
more than a dozen albums with him, creating a sound with a band leader
that changed the face of music during that tumultuous decade. The group
stayed together until 1970, when Shorter formed Weather Report with Joe
Zawinul and Miroslav Vitous.
Through his solo career and his work with Weather
Report, Shorter helped to redefine the new hybrid of music that borrowed
from a variety of forms, from jazz and rock to classical and electronic.
He won the Downbeat poll on soprano sax after 1969 for 15 to 17 years
consecutively and he continues to have many fans who will listen to him
in any musical context. Wayne Shorter had reached the pinnacle
with Weather Report, but took his time branching out on his own again.
In 1974 Shorter recorded a landmark solo album
Dancer" on Columbia, which reached the top 200. The session
included an impressive array of musicians like the Brazilian vocalist
Milton Nascimento, Airto and
Hancock on various recorded tracks.
Shorter's talents were even in demand outside the jazz world around this
time, as he found himself recording with top pop artists like Joni
Mitchell and Steely Dan.
"Phantom Navigator," his third solo LP for
the label, follows closely on the heels of Shorter's much heralded
his first solo LP since "Native
Dancer" in 1974.
With the 1985 release of "Atlantis,"
Wayne Shorter reasserted himself as one of the world's premier
composers and performers of progressive music. During his triumphant
1985 debut solo tour, The New York Times called him "one of the
most significant composers and individual saxophonists in jazz, since he
joined Art Blakey in 1959."
Wayne Shorter has won multiple Grammys - one
during his Weather Report years, another for work done in the motion
picture "Round Midnight," and one for his solo album entitled
Life." He has received credit for feature saxophone
performances in the motion pictures "Glengarry Glen Ross" and
"The Fugitive." Shorter also joined forces with quintessential
jazz artist Herbie
Hancock to release their "1 + 1" to great
For many years, Wayne Shorter has succeeded in
intermingling the popular and the progressive, proving him one of most
remarkable minds in jazz history. The quality of that juxtaposition has
resulted in his reputation as both daring band leader and consummate
modernist. Wayne Shorter has earned these accolades through his
incredible ability to improvise for more that four decades, and there is
no doubt that he will continue to cultivate it in the future.
Notable songs include -- .
- Adam's Apple
- Black Orpheus
- Speak No Evil
- All Seeing Eye
Wayne Shorter may be available for your next special event!
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